Almost a week after the SS Rush Limbaugh sailed into sexist seas, @ClearChannel, which owns Premier Networks, finally made a statement. An absurd one, if I can borrow their language. AdAge reports (emphasis added):

“Premiere Networks is committed to providing its listeners with access to a broad range of opinion and commentary without condoning or agreeing with the opinions, comments or attempts at humor expressed by on-air talent,” the statement said. “We respect the right of Mr. Limbaugh, as well as the rights of those who disagree with him, to express those opinions. The contraception debate is one that sparks strong emotion and opinions on both sides of the issue. Last week, in an attempt at absurdist humor to illustrate his political point, Mr. Limbaugh used words that unfortunately distracted from the message he was trying to convey. We believe he did the right thing on Saturday, and again this morning on his radio show, by expressing regret for his choice of words and offering his sincere and heartfelt apology to Ms. Fluke.”

“An attempt”? “Words distracted”? Here are 53 examples over a three day period that illustrate why “an” is the wrong word choice and contrary to being a distraction, the words WERE the message.

As for “absurdist humor” … just listen to the man. Never mind that he’s lying about what she said, just listen. Hear any humor there? Anything that sounds like satire? What I hear are personal attacks and the equivalent of verbal rape. It’s about as funny as the Penn State scandal. May it prove as expensive to Rush and ClearChannel.

Sandra Fluke Statement To Congress : Letterhead : 2nd Hearing

Other stories: Limbaugh Fallout : 15 Advertisers, Two Stations ||  Irony: Thursday Is International Women’s Day ||  Seven Advertisers Have Dropped Limbaugh ||  Breaking: Rush’s Non-Apology Apology (UPDATE III) ||  Advertisers Begin Dropping Limbaugh ||  Is There No Line To Be Crossed That Would Turn Limbaugh’s Sponsors Against Him?

Petition: It’s public airwaves; ask the FCC to investigate, just like they did Howard Stern (petition modeled on FCC complaint form)

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  • ShannonLeee

    Profit before morality, but that is business for most.

  • ShannonLeee – that’s business for faceless corporations but it’s not usually the way locally owned/run businesses operate, cuz they know their neighbors. LOTS of the smaller businesses are saying that they didn’t place an ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show – they bought a flight of ads meeting xyz demographics. Kinda like CDOs, they can blow up on ya.

  • ShannonLeee

    locally owned businesses are much more vulnerable to customer protests. So even if a local business knowingly purchased an ad package that involved Rush, they would still claim that they had no idea.

    You and others have done a great job following this up and taking action…my compliments.

  • wesleypresley

    May Rush Limbaugh and Clear Channel burn in hell.

  • duskglow

    I was with you until you said “verbal rape”. What a ridiculous concept.

  • zephyr

    ClearChannel is showing the same gutlessness as the rest of Limbaughs apologists and lackeys. No spine whatsoever.

  • dduck

    Maher, Stewart, Leno, etc, are humor. How do I know, cause we laugh. OK, some of their stuff is crass, crude and can be personally insulting.
    But, Rush is 100% no laugh with the vicious personal attacks his main objective, not any humor.

  • Thanks, @shannonleee

    @wesleypresley I would appreciate no hate talk in comments

    @duskglow please read the transcript excerpts linked her. better yet, read it outloud to a female who is important to you. then ask her how it made her feel.

    @zephyr – yes, late and lame

    @dduck – yes, standup is very different from talk radio, on many levels

  • slamfu

    What clear channel should have said:

    “We are a radio station. We play what you chowderheads want because that’s what pays our bills. If 20 million of you wanted to hear nails being raked down a chalkboard that is what we would have on the air. Don’t blame us for Rush, you apparently LOVE his BS and have for decades. You ask, we deliver. You want to know why this garbage is on the air, take a look in the mirror.”

  • zephyr

    Hear hear!! (well said slam)

  • bluebelle

    “Words that distracted from the message”

    Lamest apology yet. I’m sure it is comforting to Ms. Fluke, her friends and her family, that
    the real problem with Rush’s hideous rants was that they distracted from his message– which was that the government isn’t obligated to pay for something that is not medically necessary (Rush’s point not mine)

  • bluebelle

    I agree with you Kathy. Rush’s words were much closer to verbal rape than a failed attempt at humor. How sick would you have to be to find any of that remotely entertaining or funny??

    And yet– the outrage did not come from his 20 million listener audience who apparently had no problem with it- and in fact defended it– but from outsiders.

  • rudi

    Rush is just a man who needs some female companionship. From “Good Morning Vietnam”:

    General Taylor: Dick, I’ve covered for you a lot of times cause I thought you were a little crazy. But you’re not crazy, you’re mean. And this is just radio.
    [goes to the elevator and laughs]
    General Taylor: “More dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history.” That’s funny.

    Limpbaugh is a chickhawk version of Sgt. Major Dickerson

  • rudi

    The spam filter blocked most of the quote from IMDB.

  • rudi

    Maher is a comedian, not a pundit/radio host. Letterman gave a more contrite apology.

    Limpbaugh should show the grace of conservative Cal Thomas.
    Now that is an honest and sincere apology and post. Thomas=civil Limpbaugh=uncivil

  • bluebelle

    Widget– No one is saying that this is acceptable from Letterman or Maher. But, we are dealing currently with THIS situation– so what is the point of bringing up every other instance of profanity used by others??

    IMO, it is Rush who is the GOP’s useful idiot– using his airtime to gin up the rage and hate in 20 million dittoheads towards some perceived enemy of the Republican Party. Only problem is this time he picked the wrong enemy– His chosen victim has millions of allies– friends, mothers, brothers, uncles, aunts, fathers. We all know someone who is or could easily be in Ms. Fluke’s shoes. It is much easier for mainstream America to identify with that young lady then with Rush Limbaugh– the bloviating pervert.